Monday, July 16, 2007

When homeless people die


The Calgary Drop In & Rehab Center blog has a thoughtful post about the deaths of homeless people on the streets of Calgary. Calgary's population is nearly one million but it could have been written about any large city.
Since the beginning of the year, 24 former and current clients of the Drop-In have passed away. It’s been a record year thus far, doubling in the first 7 months of the year the number of clients who died in 2006. Five of the individuals were murdered. Their assailants remain ‘at large’.

The deceased ranged in age from 18 to 62, with the average being 47 years old. Predominantly men, four of the deceased were women, the most recent being the fatal stabbing of Jackie Crazybull by unknown assailants in the early morning hours of July 11 on 17th Avenue S.W.

There’s very little to say about someone who died homeless. We try to find words to make sense of their passing. That make sense of what happened to their lives. But, there are few words that make sense of the tragedy of a life lost to addictions, abuse, homelessness....

2 comments:

Judy said...

So true..your words. My brother passed away just yesterday..and I am trying to find words of solice..if thats even the word. i am just so sad.

Michaelann Bewsee said...

Judy, I am sorry for your loss. Words don't help much. You loved your brother and I'll bet he knew it. I hope time can dull your loss.
your sister,
Michaelann